Wastewater & Coronavirus | Leavenworth National Cemetery | Veteran Survives COVID-19 | Kansas Meatpacking Guidelines | Lessons From Dr. Seuss
Segment 1, beginning at 4:15: Determining the spread of COVID-19 through testing wastewater
Scientists from the state and University of Kansas have teamed up to test wastewater for traces of the coronavirus. The results allow them to see how widespread the virus has been.
- Tom Stiles, director of the Bureau of Water for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment
- Belinda Sturm, associate vice chancellor for research and professor of civil, environmental & architectural engineering at the University of Kansas
Segment 2, beginning at 19:55: How veterans will be honored at the Leavenworth National Cemetery this Memorial Day weekend.
The global pandemic has changed Memorial Day routines at Kansas' national cemetery. The National Cemetery Administration has decided against the placement of graveside flags, and visitors should expect to maintain social distance.
- Konrad Tolai, director of the Leavenworth National Cemetery Complex
Segment 3, beginning at 29:45: A World War II veteran from Kansas wins his battle against COVID-19.
Max Deweese, a 99-year-old veteran of World War II, was awarded two Purple Hearts. He talks about contracting COVID-19, being hospitalized and quarantined, and surviving the disease.
- Max Deweese, Overland Park resident
Segment 4, beginning at 37:20: A discussion about the relaxing of guidelines meant to protect meatpacking employees
A new report from the Kansas City Star and the Wichita Eagle has raised concerns about how and why the Kansas Department of Health and Environment loosened quarantine guidelines for employees in the meatpacking industry.
- Dr. Lee A. Norman, secretary of Kansas Department of Health and Environment
- Jonathan Shorman, Kansas Statehouse reporter for the Wichita Eagle
Segment 5, beginning at 52:55: A virtual commencement speech
With graduation ceremonies across the metro cancelled, we're bringing you speeches from valedictorians in the Kansas City region. Today, Nicholas Burdolski shares with his fellow graduating students lessons learned from Dr. Seuss.
- Nicholas Burdolski, graduating senior at Oak Park High School